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World 03 Feb 2021 | 5:58 AM

Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Feb. 2

RIYADH, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday a temporary ban on the entry of citizens from 20 countries, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

World 03 Feb 2021 | 5:49 AM

Ecuador registers 293 COVID-19 cases in one day

QUITO, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador on Tuesday reported 293 COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, for a cumulative total of 251,279 cases.

World 03 Feb 2021 | 5:45 AM

Chile registers 3,138 new COVID-19 infections

SANTIAGO, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chile registered on Tuesday 3,138 COVID-19 infections and 22 deaths in the last 24 hours, for accumulated totals of 734,035 confirmed cases and 18,559 deaths, the Ministry of Health said.

World 03 Feb 2021 | 5:27 AM

Denmark's new emergency law toughens entry requirements

COPENHAGEN, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- An emergency law that requires COVID-19 testing and quarantine for all those entering Denmark was passed by a broad majority in the Danish Parliament on Tuesday, according to a press release from the Ministry of Health.

World 03 Feb 2021 | 4:44 AM

NYC COVID-19 test positivity rate down to 8.2 pct, new cases up to 4,585: mayor

NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- New York City's COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average went down to 8.2 percent, compared with 8.26 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Tuesday.

World 03 Feb 2021 | 4:36 AM

Dutch gov't extends COVID-19 restrictions

THE HAGUE, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Dutch government on Tuesday announced plans to lengthen most COVID-19 restrictions under the current lockdown until March, although the primary schools will be reopened on Feb. 8.

World 03 Feb 2021 | 4:20 AM

Roundup: Iraq's daily COVID-19 cases hit year's new record; Israel to gradually lift lockdown restrictions next week

CAIRO, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Iraq set a new record of daily COVID-19 cases in 2021 with 1,135 infections confirmed on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Israel said it will start gradually lifting the lockdown restrictions next week.